Full-colour, thick reverse-board printed digipak with thick full-colour 16 page booklet. Rasp is the new project of violinist and vocalist Matt Howden (SIEBEN, 7JK...) and cellist Jo Quail, who had collided at concerts before, and soon identified each other as kindred spirits with genuine onstage chemistry.
She cradles the outline of a cello –electric, a beautiful skeleton. From this embrace emerge bass-lines, riffs, deep wells of harmony. He sings or recites a kind of beat poetry, conjuring up hooks and melodies from his violin. In perfect sync, they dovetail in and out of each other’s music. The loops swirling around them and us, she steps back momentarily from the cello, lifts her head and smiles, while he whirls his bow on his fingertip before snapping it still to play on. For about an hour, these two writer-performers made this riot of sound coalesce into the immersive live experience you’re hearing now. A punk ethos replaces painstaking precision, and with as much improvisation as composition, they career through electronica, noise, free jazz, folk, classical and even spoken word. Their mutual energy must have been truly kinetic, propelling them to another destination entirely. A shared adventure, an uncharted landing.